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Link (1986)

When a Jane Chase, a young zoology student, is invited to assist anthropologist Steven Phillips with his experiments involving chimpanzees, mysterious events occur that all center around Phillip's super intelligent simian servant, Link.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writers:

Lee David Zlotoff (story) (as Lee Zlotoff), Tom Ackermann (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elisabeth Shue ... Jane Chase
Terence Stamp ... Dr. Steven Phillip
Steven Finch ... David (as Steven Pinner)
Richard Garnett Richard Garnett ... Dennis
David O'Hara ... Tom
Kevin Lloyd Kevin Lloyd ... Bailey
Joe Belcher ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Student Jane jobs as an assistant for the animal researcher Phillip in a lonesome old house. They live alone except for the chimpanzees and butler Link: a 45 years old very intelligent orangutan. Phillip wants to put Link to death. However before he can do this he's vanished tracelessly one morning. Link starts behaving more and more aggressive and prohibits Jane from using the phone or reaching the next village. When she punishes him by locking him out, he becomes violent. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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When Man was given mastery over the beasts, someone forgot to tell... See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Линк See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$660,874, 5 October 1986

Gross USA:

$1,720,450

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,720,450
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Locke, the orangutan who plays Link, and Jed, the chimp who plays Imp, go in wheel chairs before they start filming to save their energy. See more »

Goofs

When Link was getting Voodoo out of the cage there was a lock on the cage, but Link toke it off when it needed a key. See more »

Quotes

Link: [On keyboard] COOK PHONE.
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Alternate Versions

There is another edition of the movie. On the French DVD and VHS, the film is longer and gives to the movie a much more psychological effect. If the first scene in the US cut is missing (the Imp's escape) all the parts with Terence Stamp are much longer and makes the movie much more coherent. Unfortunately, the only language provided on the French DVD is French. See more »

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Soundtracks

APEMAN
Performed by The Kinks
Music by Ray Davies
Published by Davray Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Carlin Music
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Link throws a monkey wrench into the works.
28 November 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The cast,featuring a young Elisabeth Shue and Terence Stamp,was appealing.But,as for the latter,he does his stint,then collects his money quickly ,as if he wanted to get out of this drivel as soon as possible.Anyway,he was miscast:Stamp needs excessiveness,he cannot do anything with a straight character.The "cultural" intro is de rigueur in these "experiment" movies,here Stamp bestows on us a whole lecture ,complete with pay-attention-I'll-ask-you-some-questions-next-week.

It seems that the humans are very strange and that everybody's got something to hide except for Elisabeth and her monkeys.The humans leave the stage for a while,and the beautiful girl is on her own ,on her planet of the apes.The movie is then crawling along at 20 and it becomes boring.The Kinks' "Apeman" signals the boys' arrival and the slow-moving "psychological" suspense becomes a ape-like "Friday the thirteen".Best avoid.


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